Flora Pettit is prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our clients and staff. As such, we are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We are relying on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will follow the advice of local and national public health authorities. We have increased cleaning protocols in our offices and implemented personnel policies that should help mitigate potential exposure. At this time our offices remain open, however, we are trying to limit in-person meetings. If an in-person meeting is necessary, please call in advance of the meeting to confirm that (i) you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, (ii) you have not traveled to any high-risk areas (which now include Europe, the UK and Ireland in addition to China and Iran) or been on a cruise within the last 14 days, and (iii) you have not been in contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days. If a client answers yes to any of these questions, we will consider and discuss available alternatives. Flora Pettit has systems in place to continue providing excellent and responsive legal services to clients during this time. We have remote meeting and conference call capabilities, password protected file sharing, and electronic signature options available when permitted (certain legal documents require personal signatures.) We will discuss with each client what we can do to best help them with their needs.
Flora Pettit news and past speaking engagements are listed below.
Richard Howard-Smith presented a Virginia CLE© Continuing Legal Education lecture on Virginia Business Organizations on February 24th. It was videotaped for use over the next three years for the Virginia State Bar MCLE Board’s Bar Admission Reciprocity Program under Rule 1A:1 for US lawyers seeking to be admitted to the Virginia Bar. This is the third time he has presented for this reciprocity program on Business Organizations.
Scott Raney was elected Vice Chairperson of the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association (LCAA) Board at their monthly meeting on February 4th. LCAA is an alumni organization for the graduates of the Leadership Charlottesville program offered by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. It's dedicated to continuing the networking, learning, and community activities stimulated by its members’ participation in the Chamber program. Congratulations to Scott on representing himself and the firm so well!
Jennifer Shirkey Attending the ESOP Association’s 2020 Professionals’ Forum in New Orleans February 5-7, 2020
The ESOP Professionals' Forum is a meeting designed exclusively for high-level professionals who provide technical and legal assistance to ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) companies. Jennifer Shirkey practices extensively in this highly specialized and complex area of law providing advice to selling shareholders, companies, and trustees at all stages of their ESOPs’ life cycles—from formation to termination and everything in between. ESOPs can be an excellent business succession planning tool that’s a win-win for both company owners and employees. Jennifer can help you identify whether your company is a good candidate for an ESOP, and she can assist you with keeping your current ESOP in compliance if you already have one.
Andrew Stockment Awarded the Young Lawyers Division Sandra P. Thompson Award at the VBA Annual Meeting in Williamsburg
Our own Andrew Stockment received the Sandra P. Thompson Award from The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). It recognizes an individual for "outstanding work and long-term service" and is the YLD's highest honor. YLD Chair Jennifer Ligon’s remarked, "This year’s recipient has a leadership history with the YLD too long to list in full. I personally have benefited from this person’s service to the YLD in both my role as an officer and in working with him on various projects. Through all of his years as a YLD member and officer, Andrew has faithfully served the YLD and been a true pleasure to work with and learn from."
Dominion Energy’s Green Power Program is one of more than 850 voluntary green pricing programs throughout the country that provide customers with a practical and economical way to support renewable energy and harness the benefits. By enrolling in this program, Dominion Energy will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from regional wind, solar, and biomass facilities on our behalf. RECs enable individuals and organizations to channel funds to green power projects, mitigating the environmental impact of their energy use. Purchasing RECs also helps support future growth and production of new clean energy technologies. We are excited to participate in this program which will enable us to have a positive environmental impact in the communities where we live and work.